Professional Development

2021 Presenters

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Candace Kruger

Candace Kruger, Kombumerri-Ngugi Traditional Custodian of the Gold Coast & Moreton Island, is the founder and director of the Yugambeh Youth Choir and author of Yugambeh Talga: Music Traditions of the Yugambeh People (2005).


Candace is a Yugambeh yarrabilginngunn (song woman) and proud Kombumerri (Gold Coast) and Ngugi (Moreton Island) Aboriginal woman.


Candace is the founder and director of the Yugambeh Youth Choir and author of Yugambeh Talga: Music Traditions of the Yugambeh People (2005). Candace’s Master’s Research Thesis ‘In the Bora Ring: Yugambeh Language and Song Project’ and doctoral study ‘Yarrabil Girrebbah Singing Indigenous language alive’ are investigations in the fields of Indigenous musicology, Indigenous studies and Anthropology. Candace’s research captures the songwoman’s work, contributes to the development of Indigenous methodologies, and demonstrates one way in which an Aboriginal community are reconstructing Aboriginal knowledge for sustainability and legacy outcomes. Candace’s co-composed piece ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’, which incorporations a Yugambeh songline community narrative, is one example of this work and is the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Online Orchestra 2021 piece.


Candace has taught classroom music in both Primary and Secondary schools for over 25 years, including Director of Music at Knox Grammar Preparatory School (NSW), Prince Alfred College (SA), A. B. Paterson College (QLD) and The Southport School (QLD). 


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Paul Holley OAM 

As a choral educator, Paul Holley is a champion for choral education and regularly features as guest conductor/clinician. He is the Artistic Director of Voices of Birralee where he works predominantly with teenage boys and young adults.  







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Jenny Moon 

Jenny Moon is an experienced choral conductor specialising in children’s and youth choirs. She has been a music specialist for over 30 years and is the Associate Director of Voices of Birralee.

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Past Participant Testimonials

Virtual Voices Series 1 - Choral Repertoire and Warm-ups (2020)



"Very worthwhile PD with excellent practical and highly engaging warm-up and repertoire ideas!" 
Classroom Music Teacher


"The warm-up video – great stuff!"

Head of Department 


"The virtual Professional Development offered in 2020 (due to Covid) provided a great opportunity for us to hear the recommended repertoire as sung by the various Birralee ensembles. The delivery of this online PD was most professional and the quality of the repertoire chosen was excellent."

Regional Qld Choral Director

"I liked the balance of informality and professionalism in the warmup presentations.  A joy to see and hear your wonderful conductors and singers in action. Overall, an educational and heart-warming experience, and a perfect boost of inspiration to get me through ‘til the end of the year. Thank you."

Assistant Head of Music

"A joy to see and hear your wonderful conductors and singers in action. Overall, an educational and heart-warming experience, and a perfect boost of inspiration to get me through until the end of the year. Thank you."

School teacher

"This was great for busy teachers with full brains! It was handy to be able to come and go from the video format and watch over a period of time which you are unable to do in a live setting. Also, great to return to review pieces and warm-ups. Really useful for repertoire reading sessions for the future with or without a virus! Thank you all at Birralee for much needed inspiration for 2021."

Classroom Music Teacher



Repertoire Reading & Conducting Techniques (2019)

 

"The conducting session run by Paul Holley was full of helpful advice and strategies for improving one’s skills. Rehearsal strategies and ‘warm-ups’ demonstrated by the experienced Birralee team were also featured at the PD day. These are always a welcome addition to targeted professional development. Extending our toolkit for the many challenges as they arise when working with choirs of all ages is again most helpful."

Choral Director

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